Thursday 23 June 2022 05:17 PM WWII tank buried 30 feet underground for 74 years has been completely restored trends now

Thursday 23 June 2022 05:17 PM WWII tank buried 30 feet underground for 74 years has been completely restored trends now
Thursday 23 June 2022 05:17 PM WWII tank buried 30 feet underground for 74 years has been completely restored trends now

Thursday 23 June 2022 05:17 PM WWII tank buried 30 feet underground for 74 years has been completely restored trends now

Tanks for the clean-up! Buffalo military vehicle buried 30 feet underground for 74 years has been completely restored after being dug up by volunteers and will be good to drive next summer The feat took a team of volunteers spent three years of searching and planning in the area The rare LTV-4 Buffalo tank was brought to the surface last April to be restored to working condition  It sunk underground in 1947 after being used as a flood defence in Lincolnshire with 15 other tanks  It has been fitted with new tracks and will be given a new engine, along with original parts already fixed

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A huge WWII tank buried underground for 74 years in the Lincolnshire Ferns has been completely restored.

The 26 foot-long Buffalo tank has been buried almost 30 feet down since 1947, but astonishingly could become Europe's only driveable example by next summer.

Farmer Daniel Abbott, 42, and his team of volunteers hauled the huge 20-tonne amphibious tank from underground in April last year after three years of searching and planning.

The Buffalo sank into the ground after being washed away when being used as a flood defence to protect the village of Crowland, Lincolnshire during the March 1947 floods.

It was part of a temporary dam to hold back the flood from the River Welland, which involved 15 other tanks.

The Second World War-era tank was buried 30ft underground and needed a huge excavation to be recovered

The Second World War-era tank was buried 30ft underground and needed a huge excavation to be recovered 

Daniel Abbot,42, on top of the tank he spent three years working to get out. He and his team restored it to its current condition in just over a year

Daniel Abbot,42, on top of the tank he spent three years working to get out. He and his team restored it to its current condition in just over a year

The 26 foot-long tank has been relatively well-preserved thanks to being buried in peat and clay for the last 74 years

The 26 foot-long tank has been relatively well-preserved thanks to being buried in peat and clay for the last 74 years

Remarkably, Daniel Abbot thinks the historic tank could be fully driveable next summer, with some of its original components having been restored to working order

Remarkably, Daniel Abbot thinks the historic tank could be fully driveable next summer, with some of its original components having been restored to working order

The tank ended up underground after being swept away and sinking during floods in 1947

The tank ended up underground after being swept away and sinking during floods in 1947

Now, just over a year later, the tank has been restored in time for the 75th anniversary of the 1947 floods and it will be on display at the Thorney & Crowland 1940s Weekend on June 25 and 26.

The LVT-4 tank has had its cockpit restored, its front armour plating re-sprayed, the original gearbox has been repaired, and new tracks have been fitted.

Daniel Abbott, who located the Buffalo, said: 'I'm absolutely blown away by the restoration. We have got a new working engine from America and hope to fit it in the tank over the winter so by next summer it will be driveable.'

Daniel Abbott poses holding a Union flag after it was excavated Crowland, Lincolnshire

Daniel Abbott poses holding a Union flag after it was excavated Crowland, Lincolnshire

The crew managed to dig up the 20-tonne tank and haul it out of the 30ft haul in April last year

The crew managed to dig up the 20-tonne tank and haul it out of the 30ft haul

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